Bee Pollen Age Reversal
Can Bee Pollen Reverse Your Age & Make You Younger? Can It Stave Off Father Time?
Bee pollen is an amazing superfood, but is the bee pollen age reversal premise legitimate? In other words, can bee pollen reverse aging? I
believe it is possible.
I came to that belief through a combination of clinical research, anectodal (and personal) experience, and time.
Nevertheless, let's answer and confront this question head on. Does good bee pollen -- and I emphasize good, quality bee pollen -- retard
aging? Based upon a few clinical studies, it does.
Moreover, when combined with anecdotal evidence (granted anecdotal information is not prima facie evidence), it is extremely
One study completed 21 years ago in China at the Institute of Materia Medica, Zhejiang Academy of Medical Sciences in Hangzhou entitled
(1990), "Effects of Bee Pollen on Lipid Peroxides and Immune Response in Aging and Malnourished Mice" said
"The results [of the study] showed that the level of hemolysin (HC), the numbers of plaque forming cells (PFC) and specific
rosette forming cells (SRFC) in primary response to sheep red blood cells (SRBC) were markedly lowered and the
lipoperoxide level in brain, liver and serum was increased in aging (over 18 months) and malnourished mice fed
with ground corn in comparison to normal controls, while HC and the numbers of PFC and SRFC were significantly increased and the
lipoperoxide level was markedly decreased after treatment with bee pollen."
The entire study is in a Chinese dialect, but even the abstract reveals some very intriguing
information. Let's talk more about the study with what we do know, though. In order to understand what is being said, let's take the core terms one by one.
Definition of Terms
Lipoperoxide & Lipid Peroxidation: This "refers to the oxidative degradation of lipids. It
is the process in which free radicals 'steal' electrons from the lipids in cell membranes, resulting in cell damage. This process proceeds by a
free radical chain reaction mechanism" (Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lipid_peroxidation). Let's parse this a bit. "Oxidative
degradation" means disintegration or destruction essentially.
Free radicals are rogue cells that are primarily responsible for aging as they steal electrons from healthy cells. As
the definition from Wikipedia says that results in cell damage and thus aging. (The Wikipedia definition is an excellent one, in my
The point here with lipid peroxidation is that as the study said the lipoperoxide level was decreased after treatment
with bee pollen, meaning it contributed to the staving off of cell degradation and thus aging.
T-lymphocytes: Also called T-cells, T-lymphocytes are a part of the group of white blood cells known as lymphocytes.
Immunized T-lymphocytes can directly destroy appropriate target cells.
Hemolysis: The destruction of red blood cells that leads to the release of hemoglobin from within the red blood cells into the
Rosette Forming Cells: Erythrocyte rosetting or E-rosetting is a phenomenon where red blood cells or
erythrocytes form around a cell in a flower petal shape.
So, in relation to the study, the Chinese researchers found out that bee pollen can retard aging by various microbiological processes as
detailed above in this section. I suppose we don't need to know these terms for at the end of the day knowing it works is what matters.
I use many things every day that I have no idea how they work like a phone, TV, hard drive, computer, radio, etc.
Another study published in January 2003 entitled, "Age-induced Diminution of Free Radical Scavenging Capacity in Bee
Pollens and The Contribution of Constituent Flavonoids" is another I am looking into at the time of this writing.
However, another study conducted by Gazi University, Faculty of Pharmacy, Department of Pharmacognosy, in Besevler, Ankara,
Turkey and published in March 2010 showed a honey-bee pollen mixture had tremendous anti-aging capability, saying, "HBM (honey-bee pollen
mix) was also shown to possess potent antilipidperoxidant activity (p <0.01) at 500 mg/kg dose against acetaminophen-induced liver
necrosis model in mice" (para. 1, Source: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20645809).
Moreover, the study says, "Results have clearly proved that mixing pure honey with bee pollen significantly increased the healing potential of honey and provided additional support for its traditional use"
Lastly this study here entitled, "Comparison of Bee Products Based on Assays of Antioxidant Capacities" as published in February
2009, shows bee pollen has tremendous antioxidant or anti-aging effects as well.
The 2009 study that was conducted in the Department of Biofunctional Evaluation, Molecular Pharmacology, Gifu Pharmaceutical University, Gifu,
Japan says, "On the basis of the present assays, propolis is the most powerful antioxidant of all the
bee product examined, and its effect may be partly due to the various caffeic acids it contains.
Pollen, too, exhibited strong antioxidant effects"
(Propolis is another bee health product that will be explored later.)
Anecdotal Stories About Bee Pollen Retarding Aging
No bee pollen age reversal page would be complete without recounting some stories that are truly fascinating not to mention intriguing. One of
the most famous ones is Noel Johnson? He was almost dead at the age of 65 and eventually died at the age of 95 after.
While in his mid-sixties, he became very disenchanted with his health that was so bad, his doctor told him death was around the corner. He
changed his habits and eventually became the oldest man to ever complete the New York City marathon. That's not where the story gets
He wrote a book entitled, "A Dud at 70, a Stud at 80" and followed it up with, "The Living Proof" in 1980. He was even pictured
on the Wheaties cereal box in his 70s! In addition, he was presented with the Presidential Award for Physical Fitness by President Ronald
In his book, "A Dud at 70, a Stud at 80," he attributed his stamina, health and longevity to bee pollen saying, "This miraculous
substance from the beehive became the cornerstone of my diet... I know that bee pollen has been the single largest contributor to my extended
lifespan. I believe it is this incredible food that gave me the ‘superman’ image."
He also goes on to say, "By far the most stupendous impact bee pollen made in my life was making possible
my return to sexual potency at age 71, an unheard of happening as far as the medical men are concerned. I credit this directly to the
gonadotropic hormone present in live bee pollen. This hormone is similar to the pituitary hormone, gonadotropin, and feeds the sex glands, acting
as a stimulant. This is a natural sex hormone and nourishes the reproductive systems of both men and women, increasing sexual stamina and
endurance, and has been found to have a dramatic effect on sexual ability. I am not the only person in the world who has been
returned to full manhood by the simple ingestion of honeybee pollen. German medical doctors have reported the increase of up to double the
hormone count in patients fed one teaspoon of pollen every morning over a period of only three to six weeks. Even in the most stubborn
cases, the hormone count doubled by six weeks" (Clearwater Herbs, para. 4).
Perhaps the most fascinating story I've come across, though, comes from Russia.
In his book, "How to Live The Millenium: The Bee Pollen Bible" (1994), recounts the villagers livinig in the
Caucasus mountains in Russia. Dr. Nicolai Tsitsin, a biologist and member of the Russian Academy of Sciences discovered there were many citizens
of that region who were over the age of 100 with more than 200 exceeding 125 years of age.
They were not feeble either. Dr. Tsitsin discovered that the one common denominator all the citizens had was
that they were all bee keepers or apiarists.
Long story short, Dr. Tsitsin found out that the poor villagers ate daily a rich blog of residue that had collected at the bottom of their
beehives. Tsitsin discovered that the globules contained a high concentration of bee pollen granules!
Dr. Tsitsin attributed the incredible health and abnormal life spans of the Caucasus mountain people to bee pollen; it was their "magic
elixir" that gave them their youth and extended lifespans. Tsitsin opined that if bee pollen were taken regularly with an adequate amount taken,
it would prolong the lifespan of those who used it.
Intriguing to say the least!
Modern-day clinical studies have proved bee pollen is a robust superfood. We know that now and don't have to take it on faith anymore. Bee
ppllen works. Plus, it's one of the most diverse naturally-occurring supplements in the world.
Where to Get Great Bee Pollen
I can't complete this bee pollen age reversal page without giving a recommendation. I get asked a lot what kind of bee pollen I use. I
actually take a bee pollen capsule supplement and eat bee pollen granules as well.
I add the granules to shakes, smoothies, and my own grain cereal I make myself with almond milk.
Okay, if you're interested in adding bee pollen granules to your health regime, I recommend the bee pollen granules found here. Or you can click on the bee pollen granule graphic to the left. This will take you to a page
that sells a pound of bee pollen granules for only $20.83.
I like taking both the granules and the capsules for convenience sake (both are easy to add to your daily health regime) but some may prefer
one over the other.
Getting back to the quality of the product itself, you need to ensure your product has been properly milled and packaged with stringent
standards. Look for a company that has independent laboratory aalysis, integrated and independent modern milling, blending, and
packaging facilities thus giving the company total control in the product's quality. That's important.
Sourcing of the bee pollen is important, too.
The place where I get my bee pollen capsule supplement is sourced in the north west corner of the south island of New Zealand. It's right near
a national park.
Consequently, the islands are very pristine. The flowers that produce the pollen and the bees that harvest it are in a state
with literally almost no environmental contaminants.
It is not surprising, therefore, that the bee pollen supplements (and other supplements) produced from this New Zealand-based
company are of the highest quality.
Look for bee pollen supplements that are produced in a pristine environment and look for the supplement to be produced in a GMP-compliant
facility with standards at least meeting U.S. F.D.A. pharmaceutical standards.
A company meeting British Pharmacopoeia standards is ideal.
I actually know of one company that meets that criteria. In spades.
100%, One-Year Product Satisfaction Guarantee
The bee pollen supplement I use is scientifically formulated containing a number of nutrients and even enzymes. The
bee pollen is also harvested in the pristine north west corner of New Zealand's South Island and is processed in a GMP-compliant manufacturing
It is pharmaceutical-grade quality bee pollen supplement. The company is so sure of the product's quality, they offer a 100% six-month product
Now that's confidence in your product. So what are you waiting for? You have nothing to lose.
You can get read more about it here or by clicking on the product graphic.
I hope this web page has been helpful for you.
Yours in health,References:
Broadhurst, C. Leigh. (2005). User's guide to propolis, royal jelly, honey, and bee pollen. CA: Basic Health Publications, Inc.
Nakajima Y, Tsuruma K, Shimazawa M, Mishima S,
Hara H., (Feb. 2009). Published in BMC Complement Altern
Med. 2009 Feb 26;9:4. Comparison of
bee products based on assays of antioxidant capacities.
Department of Biofunctional Evaluation, Molecular
Pharmacology, Gifu Pharmaceutical University,
Gifu, Japan. Retrieved Nov. 2011 from http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19243635?
Wikipedia. (2011). Lipid Peroxidation. Retrieved November 9, 2011 from
Zhongguo Zhong Yao Za Zhi. 1990 May;15(5):301-3, 319. Effects of bee pollen on lipid peroxides
and immune response in aging and malnourished mice.Institute of Materia Medica, Zhejiang Academy of
Medical Sciences, Hangzhou.
Retrieved November 9, 2011 from http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/2275784.